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When searching the internet for information about dental health and procedures, you are bound to come across a lot of misconceptions. Here are a few common tooth myths and the truths about them.

  • Chewing tobacco isn’t as harmful as smoking tobacco: Actually, any form of tobacco stains teeth, can cause decay, and increases your risk for oral cancer.
  • I don’t have cavities so I don’t have gum disease: Though these two conditions are both caused by plaque, not having cavities doesn’t mean that you do not have gum disease.
  • Diet soda and natural fruit juices won’t decay teeth: Though these two beverages don’t have added sugar, diet soda contains acid and natural fruit juices contain natural sugars.
  • Teeth whitening harms tooth enamel: Surprisingly, teeth whitening products do not harm teeth. At the most, they will cause temporary sensitivity.
  • You shouldn’t brush and floss if your gums bleed: Actually, you should. Bleeding gums can indicate gingivitis, so you need to brush and floss away the plaque that is causing it.
  • Hard-bristle toothbrushes are better for teeth: Hard-bristles can erode enamel and cause the gums to recede. You should gently brush your teeth using a soft-bristle toothbrush.
  • Putting an aspirin next to a tooth cures a toothache: Aspirins should be swallowed like they normally are. If placed next to a tooth, they can burn the gum tissue.